Peace River Tar Sands Community Impacts
Interview with Carmen Langer
Resident of Three Creeks, near Peace River Alberta, Carmen Langer talks about how he has lost his cattle and experienced negative health impacts due to emissions from tanks heating bitumen near his home.
"As the Alberta government was celebrating the State Department analysis into the effects of the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline, several Peace River residents were at a hearing talking about the tar sands emissions that they've been dealing with since 2011.
Since 2011 residents have watched as their cattle got sick, then as their family members did as well.
The main source of the problem is believed to be emissions from a Baytex tar sands facility. But Shell, Husky, Murphy Oil, and Tervita operations (some of which are also tar sands facilities) also seem to be contributing to the worrisome situation.
The emissions have forced many in the region to pick up stakes and leave, simply abandoning their farms and dreams.
The residents claim the emissions coming off heated bitumen tanks were causing health problems, including headaches, dizziness, and cognitive impairment — symptoms that went away when they moved away."
Tar Sands Communities Flee Homes to escape emissions: Panel told - greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/tar-sands-communities-flee-homes-to-escape-em/blog/48092/
Read more: Peace River hearings test new oilpatch enforcer
by Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, January 31st, 2014
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